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The comeback kids: How Grand Rapids Public Schools are making a dramatic turnaround

For years, Grand Rapids Public Schools seemed to be sinking. Now, that's all changing. GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal explains how, and why, the district is improving — and where it needs to go.

Azizi Jasper

The Michigan bibliophile: Authors from the Mitten State that every book lover needs to know

Grand Rapids' literary leaders discuss their favorite authors and books from the Mitten State, and the compilation is making us pretty darn proud of where we live.

Drew Coppess

UIX: Now B Corp certified, 616 Lofts is poised as force for environmental good

Walk through any 616 Lofts building and you'll notice exposed brick and other architectural elements lend an identity to the space. It's the same way the company, now B Corp certified, does business, says Director of Environmental Sustainability Drew Coppess.

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Michigan small businesses get cyber security right

It's rare to find a business that doesn't have a digital presence these days, and that means there are just as many potential victims of cyber threat. Fortunately, Michigan is home to several businesses that lead the field in cyber security and digital awareness.

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Helping artists across the U.S. build capacity and community

Artspace started 30 years ago with a simple plan to develop more affordable housing for artists. Now they're taking a place-based consulting approach to help artists build capacity, raise funds, and learn from each other -- on a wider scale than ever before.

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